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Restaurant Curbs Crowding, Drinking

January 11, 1986

A Woodland Hills restaurant that was the target of an investigation into alleged overcrowding and excessive drinking has corrected the problem, Los Angeles city prosecutors said Friday.

Operators of the Red Onion, 6424 Canoga Ave., have begun restricting entry to their bar and limiting drink sales, officials said. In addition, a uniformed guard has been hired to patrol the restaurant parking lot, prosecutors said.

The controls were sought last month by the city attorney's office after fire inspectors counted 1,100 patrons jammed into the bar, which has an authorized capacity of 567. Officials said there also were reports of assaults outside the bar and frequent drunk-driving arrests of customers who had been there.

Prosecutors said Friday that recent inspections of the bar have shown full compliance with city ordinances.

The bar has begun closely checking patrons' ages and has arranged for free taxi rides for customers who drink too much, officials said.

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